Creamy Tortellini with Sausage and Spinach

Creamy Tortellini with Sausage and Spinach

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This creamy tortellini with sausage and spinach is the perfect comfort food on a cold winter night. We are hunkering down for winter storm Jayden in the Northeast, and I prepared this dish so I would have a nice hot meal for the next few days. This creamy tortellini with sausage and spinach is made in less than 30 minutes, making it a great option for a quick meal during the work week! This is one of my favorite dishes to make when I am pressed for time, and want something hearty and warm. The cream cheese mingles really well with the juices of the diced tomatoes to make a creamy sauce that envelopes the vegetables and tortellini.

What kind of sauce do you put on tortellini?

You can use all of your favorite pasta sauces on tortellini. The only sauces I would be careful with, are any sauces that have the same base as the filling of your tortellini. For example, a cheese based sauce might be too much when paired with a cheese tortellini, but might pair well with a meat or spinach filled tortellini. As a general rule, I do consider how the filling of the tortellini might pair with the sauce I am looking to coat it with.

What types of tortellini are there?

The only kind of tortellini I have seen in my area, are cheese filled tortellini. Usually it will be a single cheese, or sometimes a cheese blend. However, if you make your own, you can stuff them with whatever you want!

Does tortellini float when done?

This is actually a common myth for tortellini: yes, the tortellini will float during the cooking process but it doesn’t indicate that they are ‘done,’ or cooked to the proper internal temperature. The package usually specifies the internal temperature the tortellini must reach to be considered fully cooked.

How to Make Creamy Tortellini With Sausage and Spinach: Step-by-Step

Step 1. Prep vegetables by chopping bell pepper and onion, and mincing the garlic cloves.

In the upper left is a black plate with spinach and a red and white checkered towel. In the lower right are strips of chopped bell pepper and onion on a dark wooden cutting board. Minced garlic is also on the cutting board. Everything sits on a white marble background.

Step 2. Heat extra light olive oil in a large pan over medium-high heat until it starts to shimmer. Add in bell pepper and onion. Saute for 5-7 minutes, or until onion is translucent. Add garlic and cook for an additional minute, or until fragrant.

Sauteed onion, bell pepper, and onion in a stainless steel pan.

Step 3. Start a pot of boiling water to cook the tortellini. Remove vegetables from the pan. Add a little more extra light olive oil to the pan and heat over medium-high heat until it starts to shimmer. Add sausage and cook 4-5 minutes, or until cooked all the way through.

Browned sausage in a stainless steel pan.

Step 4. Add tortellini to the pot of boiling water and cook according to package directions. To the pan with the browned sausage, add back the vegetable mixture, diced tomatoes, Italian seasoning, salt, pepper, and cream cheese. Cook until cream cheese is melted, stirring occasionally.

A mixture of browned sausage, diced tomatoes, cream cheese, Italian seasoning, bell pepper, onion, and garlic in a stainless steel pan.

Step 5. Add in the spinach. Cook until wilted, stirring occasionally.

Addition of spinach to the mixture of browned sausage, diced tomatoes, cream cheese, Italian seasoning, bell pepper, onion, and garlic in a stainless steel pan.

Step 6. Add cooked and drained tortellini to the pan, stir until coated. Garnish with fresh parsley if desired and serve with rolls or a piece of bread.

Addition of cooked tortellini to the mixture of spinach, browned sausage, diced tomatoes, cream cheese, Italian seasoning, bell pepper, onion, and garlic in a stainless steel pan.
Creamy Tortellini with Sausage and Spinach sits on a black plate, garnished with a sprig of flat leaf parsley. Around the perimeter of the plate is an intricate design made with tomato sauce. On the right is a fork, a bunch of flat leaf parsley, and a small black bowl of chopped onions. In the upper left is a pile of spinach. The plate sits on a white and red checkered tea towel. Everything sits on a white marble background.

Creamy Tortellini With Sausage and Spinach

This creamy tortellini with sausage and spinach is the perfect comfort food for a cold, winter night! Garnish with fresh parsley if desired, and serve with a roll or a piece of bread.
5 from 3 votes
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Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: easy dinner ideas, tortellini recipes
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 20 mins
Total Time: 30 mins
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 462.6kcal

Ingredients 

  • 1/2 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 white onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 8 oz sweet italian sausage
  • 1/4 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 4 oz cream cheese
  • 1 14.5 oz can of diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 2 cups baby spinach
  • 1 package (16 oz) tortellini

Instructions

  • Heat extra light olive oil in a large pan over medium-high heat until it starts to shimmer. Add in bell pepper and onion. Saute for 5-7 minutes, or until onion is translucent. Add garlic and cook for an additional minute, or until fragrant.
  • Start a pot of boiling water to cook the tortellini. Remove vegetables from the pan. Add a little more extra light olive oil to the pan and heat over medium-high heat until it starts to shimmer. Add sausage and cook 4-5 minutes, or until cooked all the way through.
  • Add tortellini to the pot of boiling water and cook according to package directions.
  • To the pan with the browned sausage, add back the vegetable mixture, diced tomatoes, Italian seasoning, salt, pepper, and cream cheese. Cook until cream cheese is melted, stirring occasionally.
  • Add in the spinach. Cook until wilted, stirring occasionally.
  • Add cooked and drained tortellini to the pan, stir until coated. Garnish with fresh parsley if desired and serve with a roll or a piece of bread.
Nutrition Facts
Creamy Tortellini With Sausage and Spinach
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 462.6 Calories from Fat 149
% Daily Value*
Fat 16.6g26%
Saturated Fat 8.7g54%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 4g
Monounsaturated Fat 4g
Cholesterol 106.3mg35%
Sodium 1093.2mg48%
Potassium 752mg21%
Carbohydrates 55.7g19%
Fiber 3.7g15%
Sugar 9.1g10%
Protein 24.3g49%
Vitamin A 1443.6IU29%
Vitamin C 26mg32%
Calcium 173.4mg17%
Iron 2.9mg16%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Nutritional information on The Panicked Foodie is provided as a courtesy and is approximate only. We cannot guarantee the accuracy of the nutritional information given for any recipe on this site.
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